As a professional magician I am often asked why Timothy Drake chose to be a magician. The reason is quite simple. I perform mostly for corporate audiences in South Western Ontario as well as private groups but people are all the same. During a live performance you connect with the audience in a special way in which for that short time all the outer problems of the world are forgotten. Its a magical time for both illusionist and audience alike. Much of my act was learned from magic legend Walter Zaney Blaney. For some time now I have been editing a documentary series on the many experiences Walter enjoyed during his 60 year career as a professional entertainer. In this video Walter sums up why he chose to be a magician / performer for all those years. Enjoy!
This summer Timothy Drake the Magician will step back to his roots as Timothy Drake the film maker. Every magician has a magician who inspired his magic or influenced him in one way or another creatively. For many magicians and illusionists that magician was Walter Zaney Blaney. Walter is known in the magic world for both his corporate stand up act and his inventions that made the world of magic and illusion an easier place for performers.
Over the next few months Drake will be editing a documentary filmed by fellow illusionist Ryan Joyce. Ryan and Timothy visited many of magics elite performers during a visit to Las Vegas NV. Below is a snippet of that footage from the upcoming documentary called ” Still Zaney After All These Years” This clip features Magician Jeff Hobson speaking about Walter Blaney.
I performed a show last night and one of the best illusions if not THE BEST illusion I performed was the Zaney Blaney Ladder Levitation. Its an illusion developed by magician and good friend Walter Blaney. Of all the levitation illusions on the market for magicians theses days ( and I have seen a lot of them ) the ladder levitation remains the most practical for me. It allows me to levitate a member of the audience when I perform at corporate banquets..etc. Last evening I was able to close my show by levitating a woman only a few feet in front of the audience. We were in tight quarters and yet this illusion proved again to be an amazing fooler. At times like that I have to concede that Magician Timothy Drake would not be nearly as amazing in his show if not for inventor Walter Blaney. Thanks to all those inventors of magic that make the performers look good!
If you ever find yourself in Las Vegas make sure to look up the Rick Thomas Magic Show. Rick is one of those guys who performs from his heart as he really does love his craft. I’ve been to his Vegas home and its half house, half magic museum. He has a large tiger sanctuary in the back where he keeps and cares for his tigers.
A group of friends and I went to see Ricks show recently during a Vegas trip for a magic convention and all posed with Rick after the show.
Whats better than 3 magicians hanging out? Well 4 magicians hanging out of course! In the summer of 2010 Walter Blaney came to visit his canadian counterparts in the magic world and a trip to the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls had to be on the list. After the show we all hung out and talked ” magic speak” ( a bunch of boring technical magic stuff that non-magicians would find boring ) and also caught up on old times. In this photo from left to right are Magicians Timothy Drake, Greg Frewin, Walter Blaney and Ryan Joyce.
A good time was had by all. Greg always puts on a good show.
Many performers come and go in the magic world but few make such an impact in their art to the level that Walter “Zaney” Blaney has. Walter Blaney is a legend amoung magicians and the inventor of many great magic illusions. I am happy to own some of those illusions and feature them in my magic performances across Canada. Walters most famous illusion would of course be the Ladder Levitation Illusion. I’ve been lucky to have Walter as a close personal friend and mentor for many years and both my career and personal life have benefited from that greatly. This is my very favourite photo of Walter. I have a signed copy of it hanging in my living room.
A video I edited a while back for Walter Blaney.